CoastWatch Anniversary Beachwalk—North Coast
Thursday, July 29, is the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition’s anniversary date, and kicking off the festivities will be two CoastWatch-oriented beachwalks. One will be led by Fawn Custer, our CoastWatch citizen science trainer, at Sunset Bay (see separate listing). The other, on the north coast, will be led by marine ecologist Stewart Schultz, author of The Northwest Coast: A Natural History, and a leading expert on the coastal environment of the Pacific Northwest.
This walk, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will take place at Manhattan Beach State Recreation Site, on Hwy 101 at the north end of Rockaway Beach. (This beautiful stretch of beach, just south of the Nehalem south jetty, is one of the least-visited of Oregon’s shoreline parks and waysides. It is also the site of a memorial to George Diel, Oregon Shores’ co-founder and first executive director.)
The event is free and open to all (please be vaccinated or wear a mask). The primary focus will be on the natural history of the shoreline (including the components of the driftline, as Schultz describes the denizens of beach and surf. But this will also be a good opportunity to learn more about CoastWatch and citizen science, for both current mile adopters and prospective new volunteers, as Jesse Jones, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, will accompany the walk.
Meet in the parking lot of the Manhattan Beach wayside at 10:30 a.m. (if you arrive a bit late, you shouldn’t have much difficulty spotting the group on the beach). The turnoff from Hwy 101 is on Beach St. near Milepost 48, between Rockaway Beach and the Nedonna Beach area, just south of Nehalem Bay.
We would appreciate your letting us know in advance if you are coming. To register, or for more information, contact Jesse Jones, (503) 898-7244, [email protected].